Coenzyme Q10 is used to treat heart complaints and Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
Food for thought: coenzyme Q10
Studies show that coenzyme Q10 is now the third most popular dietary supplement taken in the US, with statistics showing a recent year-on-year rise of 50.9 per cent in the number of people reaching for the Q10. So what’s all the fuss about?
Coenzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like compound found in nearly every cell of the human body, but especially the heart. It also has strong antioxidant properties and since its discovery and isolation 50 years ago hundreds of studies have been carried out to identify what exactly the substance does for the body, the results of which certainly justify its surging popularity.
Energy-boosting, free radical-fighting, migraine-reducing, fertility-improving and aiding weight loss are among many of the named benefits experienced through Q10 supplementation.
However, the most exciting and impressive claims of this nutrient are its benefits for those with heart disease and Alzheimer’s.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, Q10 improves heart function in patients with congestive heart failure and if given to patients after a heart attack, they were less likely to suffer a subsequent heart attack. There is also strong research that suggests Q10 can help to lower blood pressure, too.
Q10 was found by the University of New South Wales in Sydney to have protective effects on the brain and nervous system, reducing the likelihood of impaired cognitive function, memory loss and distorted nerve communication. The study also suggested a key role for Q10 in the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease.
If you are taking any blood-thinning medication you should not supplement with Q10, so be sure to seek the advice of a medical expert. You can find Q10 in peanuts, sesame seeds, avocados, olive oil, raw parsley and spinach, sardines, mackerel, salmon and tuna.
Laura Holland is a well-being consultant and nutritional therapist. For more information, visit www.BeUtifulYou.co.uk